When you visit City Island this fall, don’t forget to spend an hour or two at the City Island Nautical Museum, which is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Nautical Museum has entered the digital age! It is now possible to save the cost of writing checks and sending envelopes by giving money online through PayPal using whatever credit card you like. As 2016 comes to a close, this is the time to renew your membership, start a new one, or make a donation to help us stay afloat. Remember, the City Island Historical Society, which administers the museum, is a not-for-profit organization, and all donations are tax exempt.
If you missed Tom Nye’s fascinating talks this winter on the history of boat building on City Island you may view a Two-Part Video Version by James Breen. After you watch the video, be sure to visit the museum to see our current exhibition on the subject.
Yacht and Ship Building on City Island
This exhibition features photographs and commentary on the extraordinary period in City Island’s history when yacht and shipbuilding were at their peak. Here are all the old yards, the brilliant craftsmen who worked there, the methods of construction they used, and the famous sailing and motor yachts they produced. Also highlighted are the military vessels that were built here during the war years and the brilliant 12-meter sloops that successfully defended the America’s Cup seven times.
Welcome to the City Island
We are delighted to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of its colorful past is preserved in the Museum, which is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. The Museum is open for the season with a new photo exhibition of images of water, in all its forms, taken around the world.
This web site will give you the opportunity to take a quick tour of the Museum’s interesting exhibits, some of them dedicated to City Island’s famous yacht-builders who contributed to the successful defense of the America’s Cup. Through this on-line collection, the Museum offers a sampling of the images of boats and historic views that are part of its archives, as well as graduation photographs from City Island schools and pictures of City Island life past and present.
The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member James Vacca, and by the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.
The City Island Nautical Museum was granted a permanent charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Board of Education on January 11, 2012. And, on the basis of a careful consideration of the history and the architecture of the building at 190 Fordham Street in which the museum is housed, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Public School 102 (later Public School 17, The City Island School) a landmark because of its “special character and a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.
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Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment.
The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.
Thanks in part to Councilmember James Vacca, CIHS received a larger grant than usual this year from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. This funding will enable us to mount two important exhibitions in the spring—the work of Mark Whitcombe and images of the City Island Bridge. If you have works of art that you would consider lending to either show, please call to let us know. Ron Terner of Focal Point Gallery will be curator of Mark’s show; call him at 718-885-1403. Bridge artists should call 718-885-0507. The show on the yacht building will remain in place until December 18, when we close for the season.